Bodycam Video of Fatal Smile Direct Club Shooting Prompts Officer Investigation

The Metro Nashville Police Department has released body camera footage of Tuesday's shooting at a Smile Direct Club and said it is investigating the actions of one of two officers who fatally shot the suspected gunman.

"This critical incident briefing details the investigation up until now concerning today's active shooter call at Smile Direct Club's manufacturing facility on Antioch Pk and the subsequent shooting by police of the suspect," the department wrote in a tweet with the video.

This critical incident briefing details the investigation up until now concerning today's active shooter call at Smile Direct Club's manufacturing facility on Antioch Pk and the subsequent shooting by police of the suspect. https://t.co/bznS5sWP6Q

— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) August 3, 2021

As the video begins, several 911 calls the police department received are heard, with witnesses reporting an active shooter at the Smile Direct Club manufacturing warehouse on Antioch Pike. Police said they first received calls of an active shooter at around 5:58 a.m., the department said.

The video then shows footage from security cameras around the warehouse, with the suspected shooter, identified by police as 22-year-old Antonio King, seen firing numerous shots at the doors. Police said that while King was shooting into the facility three employees were hit, none fatally.

"Victim update from this morning's active shooter call at Smile Direct Club's manufacturing facility: security guard Johnny Hardin, 46, is in critical condition; security guard Carlton Watson, 66, is in stable condition; manager Thomas Abbott, 54, has been treated & released," the police department tweeted.

Victim update from this morning's active shooter call at Smile Direct Club's manufacturing facility: security guard Johnny Hardin, 46, is in critical condition; security guard Carlton Watson, 66, is in stable condition; manager Thomas Abbott, 54, has been treated & released. pic.twitter.com/GqsqDipoVx

— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) August 3, 2021

As the video continues, body camera footage from police officers Dylan Ramos and Cherell Kinchloe shows them yelling at King to drop his weapon as they follow behind him down a street near the warehouse.

In the video, King can be seen refusing to drop his weapon. He eventually aims his gun at the officers, prompting Ramos and Kinchloe to fire numerous shots at him. King can then be seen falling to the floor in the middle of an intersection and is apprehended by officers shortly after.

Police attempted to attend to King's injuries immediately after he was shot, the department said, and he was transferred to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At the end of the video, department Public Affairs Officer Kristin Mumford says, "The actions of Officer Kinchloe in firing two shots, given the vantage point represented by her video, are under review by the police department."

Mumford continued, "The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and this police department conduct thorough use-of-force investigations. This investigation is in the early stages and will take time to complete."

During a press conference Tuesday, department Public Affairs Manager Don Aaron confirmed that the police shooting will be investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

In a press release, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said that "TBI agents and forensic scientists are working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration."

The press release continued, "The TBI acts solely as fact-finders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests with the District Attorney General requesting TBI's involvement."

Newsweek was directed to the press release after reaching out to the TBI for comment.

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The Metro Nashville Police Department says it is investigating a police shooting at a Smile Direct Club facility that resulted in the death of a suspected gunman, who shot three employees. Raymond Boyd/Getty